Kingspark – a school for children and young people with complex and profound special needs - was housed in a 1970s building. In 2006, the building was deemed as no longer fit-for-purpose by Dundee City Council (DCC). The old building was replaced in 2009
by a purpose-built school to fit the needs of the pupils. The council met Safehinge with a need for contemporary finger protection for the new-build.
Senior Architect, Dundee City Council
Our integral finger guard, Alumax, was evaluated against finger guards made from less durable materials. Bob Anderson stated:
“We wanted a durable finger guard that also looked good and could be integrated into the building design. Impact from wheelchairs and trolleys can cause damage to building fabric. We found retrofit plastic and fabric finger guards unattractive, bulky and shorter life - information provided suggests lifespan as low as 6 – 12 months. We were keen to avoid unnecessary maintenance costs”.
When considering the life cost over 25 years, plastic hinge guards typically cost £500 - £1000 per door – an estimated maintenance liability of £100,000 on Kingspark School alone.
Our integral finger guard: a discreet curved aluminium door profile combined with a specialised pivot hinge. Clever design means there is no opportunity for wandering fingers to be trapped.
Alumax met Dundee City Council's criteria perfectly:
Worcesters Primary School initially requested 20 integral finger guards as part of an extension. They were so happy with the quality and sleek aluminium finish that, the following year, they ordered 80 retrofit surface-mounted finger guards for the existing building.
At the heart of their refurbishment process, Sheffield Children’s Hospital wanted to seamlessly balance safety with homeliness, creating a non-institutional environment for children of all ages. Naturally, the Trust chose to install our integral finger guards (Alumax).
To combat a tough combination of high user traffic and high moisture content, our integral finger guards were installed throughout this award-winning leisure centre. Their discrete nature also matched the Pod's exterior which was designed to blend in seamlessly with its natural surroundings.
Commended as "light, bright, straightforwardly organised and carefully detailed" by the Architects' Journal, Bellenden Primary School is the latest in a long line of schools that Cottrell and Vermuelen has completed for the Borough - and one of many new build schools to use our integral finger guards.